Moulay Ismail University of Meknes
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Drissia CHOUIT
The aim of this course is three-fold:
- To introduce students to the field of sociolinguistics, showing the social and cultural dynamics that impact on language use in particular contexts by different individuals, groups, communities or states, and scrutinizing
theories of relevance to these fields;
- To introduce students to the field of pragmatics, taking into consideration the power of communication in creating our social worlds and in functioning
in society(ies) in appropriate and effective ways, and explaining theories of communication that will empower students to this effect;
- To raise students' awareness that language itself is power
and that the power of language depends on how it is used in society by different social groups and different speech communities, whether it is used to reflect the dominating/dominated relationships, or it is used as a medium for promoting
social justice, social equity and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity.
Overview of General Linguistics
a. The Scope of Sociolinguistics
b. Language and Dialect
i. Main differences between Language and Dialect
Process of Standardization
iii. Speech Communities
i. Language and Social Context
1. Regional Varieties
2. Social Varieties (Sociolects)
3. Language and the Individual Speaker(Idiolects)
4. Linguistic Repertoire
5. Register / Styles
ii. Languages in Contact
5. Pidgin / Creole / Lingua Franca
1. Language Attitude and Language Choice
2. Language Attitude and Language Planning
3. Language Attitude and Intercultural
Communication in multicultural contexts
Language Attitude and Power Relations
a. Imposition and Reproduction
c. Mutual Understanding and Social Equity
II. Pragmatics: Language
a. Understanding the Communication Process
Components of Communication
ii. Principles of Communication
iii. Frameworks for the Study of Communication
iv. Barriers to Communication
Culture, and Identity
i. Communication as Social Interaction
iii. Language Change
III. Language, Power, and Society
i. Discourse, Power, and
ii. Political Communication
iii. Media Discourse
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